George Dickel Rye launched at the end of November. We received our bottle over the holidays and are just now sober enough to write about it. This is a welcome addition to the Dickel family, though it is sort of the black sheep equivalent to what the company is used to putting out. Typically, their whiskeys stay at around 8% rye in the grain makeup. This one has an astounding (and welcome 95%). Even so, the taste wasn’t quite as spicy as I was expecting, and for me that’s a good thing.

George Dickel Rye is just a five-year whiskey, but it went down as smoothly as Dewar’s 18-Year (another fine beverage we’ll be speaking more about in the days ahead). Check the liquor stores for this one. If they don’t have it, ask for it by name.